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York Cold War Bunker

Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
+44 1904 646940
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Ranked #8 of 133 Attractions in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in... more » Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: admission by guided tour at the following times: 10.00, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14:15, 15.30 And 17:00. « less
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Brilliant. Enjoyed by my wife, my 8 year old son and myself. Great tour guides and a very fascinating piece of recent local history. It's a little bit outside York but easy to get to via a number 1 bus (takes about 10-15 mins). We heard of it by accident but it's a must see

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed this place. The staff new everything about it and were very informative and friendly. The tour takes an hour, be prepared for a lot of information as the guides tell you every detail. I'd recomend this visit but I'd perhaps say not suitable for really young children as there is a lot of standing round and listening. Well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I came up to York for the bank holiday weekend from Kent. Having been to Goddards - a National Trust property, home to Noel Terry of the former Terry's Chocolate Factory - on Friday, we were looking for something nearby to do on Saturday afternoon. A quick look on the English Heritage iPhone app and I decided the bunker was... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit if you are interested in the Cold War, this place is hidden behind a block of flats in the suburbs of York. It's a bit of a way from the centre, so probably best to use transport to get there. Entrance is at certain times, so make sure you check the website or you could be stood... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The cold war bunker in York has been preserved by English Heritage as it was when operational. It was a little chilling to think of that tie period and realize as I read the chronology of the Cuban missile crisis how real the possibility of nuclear war was! Very informative about a period it would be best for us not... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

An odd place away from all the other attractions of York. If you are interested in the history of the Cold War, this is a gem. If not, you may find it a bit Boeing.

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

it is odd because you are looking at something that was - thankfully - never used, apart from training. But you get a odd feeling walking around -maybe because the nuclear threat was quite real in my youth. Interesting

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you're looking for something a bit different in York this is a great place to go. The tours give fascinating insights into the fears of nuclear attack during the Cold War and the monitoring work that was going on. Best not to be on a tour with more than 6 people though.

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brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I had come across the cold war bunker by accident and thouht I would pay a visit, Its about an hour tour and very imformative of the history of the bunker and why it ended up where it is. Its about a 15 / 20 min walk out of the city centre but only visit if you are intrested

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Rain or shine it is all the same to people who are looking round this interesting and unusual English Heritage building. Not too easy to find but worth the effort. Very enthusiastic and informative guides take you on a one hour tour and back in time to the Cold War days which lasted from just after WW2 to 1991. During... More

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